The sample should be taken from the part of the nail that is most involved. If you can acquire debris underneath and/or superficial debris from the top of the nail plate without injury, it will improve the analysis.
You are obtaining simple trimmings of the nail from the leading edge of the nail closest to the discolored or thickened part of the nail without causing injury or pain. You must submit all debris that comes off when trimming the nail.
Any crumbling parts of the nail, or any scrapings from the top of the nail, and/or particles from under the nail that you can safely obtain should be included with any trimmings, crumbling nail, or any section of thick nail you can submit.
S - Sterilize or disinfect instruments before taking sample
A - Acquire best sample of nail and or nail debris under the nail to submit
M - Make efforts to not injure the nail bed or skin surrounding the nail
P - Pack, collect and ship the sample in a clean plastic bag
L - Learn treatment options from qualified medical professionals
E - Evaluate report for results
When you receive your results of the nail report, and if you have any questions not answered by your personal physician, we look forward suggesting what you need to do next if we hear from you.